Welcome Back and Information on the Singer’s Concert, Arbor Ridge, and Final Recitals

We hope that everyone has had a great Spring Break and we look forward to seeing you back this Saturday, April 26th for our regularly scheduled classes and lessons.  There are only 3 Prep Saturdays left in the Spring Semester (April 26, May 3, May 10) and 2 Prep Tuesdays (April 29 and May 6) so that means it is recital time.

April 26th: 4 pm in Blum Hall – Singer’s Concert (Malena’s students and Vocal Ensemble only this time)

May 3rd:  4 pm in Olin Hall – Final Recital #1:  students of:


May 4:  11 am at Arbor Ridge Retirement home in Rhinebeck:  We still need performers for this event so please let us know if you would like to participate.  (Scheduled performers so far are Aubree, Ethan R, Jack N, Maggie T, Ani AM)

May 10:  4 pm in Olin Hall – Final Recital #2:  students of:

Amy – Children’s Chorus

Helena – (please note – this is a change from the previous email)


Junior and Senior String Ensembles

Silent Auction Update

The Spring Silent Auction is under way and bidding is competitive for many of the available items.  Check the Auction page to see which bids are leading!


Bidding will end at 3:59 pm (approximately) on May 3rd so get those bids in soon!

Thank you to all of our donors and bidders for your generosity and support.

Bard Music Camp – Filling Up Fast

4th Annual Bard Music Camp!! – July 7-19, 2014 – Now with Tennis!

Week 1 (July 7-12):  Ages 5-9

Week 2 (July 14-19):  Ages 10-18

Highlights of each week include 3 private lessons, daily chorus, daily chamber music, composition classes, Arts and Crafts (week 1), and more!  And this year, the optional tennis mini-camp will meet from 3:30-4:30 daily.

Applications can be found on the website:  www.bard.edu/conservatory/preparatory/summercamp or at the Bake Sale table on Saturday.

And a reminder about the optional tennis Mini-Camp:

  • New at the Bard Music Camp this year will be an optional After-Camp Tennis Mini-Camp.  Bard Men’s Tennis Coach Andrew Constant will be working with interested Bard Music Camp students daily (Monday-Friday) from 3:30-4:30 pm.
    Details:  $100 for the week (5 sessions) – in addition to the camp tuition.  Space is very limited and open only to Bard Music Camp students.  Check the box on the camp registration form for tennis and you are all set.  This is a great chance for the kids to get some exercise, burn off steam, and hone their tennis skills after a stimulating musical day.

A reminder about upcoming deadlines.

  • June 2nd:  Regular Registration Deadline – after June 2nd $25 late fee applies (if spots are still available)

Applications are available in the Prep office or at the Bake Sale table and all of the information can be found on our WEBSITE.  Please email us at bardprep@bard.edu if you have any questions.  We hope to see everyone at the Bard Music Camp this summer!

Faculty and Friends Performances – Verdi Requiem, Helena and Marka, Malena

  • Verdi Requiem – Friday and Saturday April 25, 26:  Fisher Center – Featuring members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Longy Conservatory Orchestra and the Longy Chorale, Bard College Chamber Singers, and Bard Festival Chorale.  Call the box office directly - 845-758-7196 – to reserve your tickets!  (suggested donation – $20/$15)

HELENA BAILLIE - Bargemusic and Duo Recital with MARKA GUSTAVSSON

  • Sunday, April 27th, 4 pm:  Bargemusic, Brooklyn, New York – Masterworks series:  Program to include Stravinsky Suite Italienne, Tartini Sonata in G minor, Op. 1 No. 10 “Didone abbandonata”, Vivaldi Sonata in A Major Op. 2 No. 2 (RV 31), Shostakovich 24 Preludes Op. 34 (selection): Helena Baillie, Violin, Dina Vainshtein, Piano – For More Information or Tickets!

  • Sunday, May 11, 2 pm:  Unison Arts Center, New Paltz : Mother’s Day Duo Recital: featuring works by Mozart, Bartok, Alessandro Rolla and Lazlo Weiner:  Helena Baillie, Violin and Viola; Marka Gustavsson, Violin and Viola -  For More Information or Tickets!

MALENA DAYEN - Carmen in Brazil

  • May 28th, 31st, June 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 2014 - Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Brazil: Carmen (Bizet) – Malena will be singing the role of Mercedes.  If you are going to be in Brazil check it out!  Information Here!


Composition Recitals – this Saturday, April 5th!

The Musicianship Classes will present their Compositions this Saturday, April 5th.  The classes will meet at their regular times, but the last 30 minutes of each class will be devoted to presenting the Compositions so parents will be invited in to listen.  Not every class will be participating so please look below for details about which classes/times and let us know if you have any questions.  Good luck to the students on their Projects!

Shawn’s Participating Classes and Students:  Bito room 210

10 am Class – performance at 10:30 – Eleanor A, Owen D, Helen F, Hannah GP, Gillian K, Anthony M, Johnathan R, Nina S, Christopher SB, Calvin W

11 am – performance at 11:30 – Ani AM, Bram F, Megan H, Ethan R

12 pm – performance at 12:30 – Tia K, Francesca NB, Silas W

1:15 pm – performance at 1:45 – Isabel F, Ethan H, Morgan H, Emma R, Brandon S, Maggie T

2:15 pm – performance at 2:45 – Julian M, Jack N, John W


David’s Participating Classes (11 am class is not participating):  Blum N210

12:30 pm – performance at 1 pm – Luca B,  Sonya-Julia K, Sofia L, Owen L, Elischka L, Aidan M, Ben KO, Stella P, Ani S

2 pm – performance at 2:30 pm – Malcolm G, Owain H, Beck L, Wini L

Bard Prep Spring Break Coming Up!

Just a reminder that Bard Prep will be off for Spring Break the weeks of April 12th and 19th for Saturday students.  We do have classes/lessons this Saturday, April 5th and then we meet next on April 26th.

Spring Break for Tuesday students:  April 15th and 22nd.  Classes resume April 29th.

We hope everyone has a restful break (but keep practicing!).

Payne Hollow – Review by Silas W.

Silas W. has been studying piano at Bard Prep student since January 2008.  He recently attended the World Premiere of Bard Prep Composition/Musicianship teacher Shawn Jaeger’s opera, Payne Hollow, at the Fisher Center at Bard and he was inspired to write this wonderful review (thanks Silas!):

As I sat down in my seat in Sosnoff at the Bard Fischer Center for the world premiere of Payne Hollow, I was suddenly very bewildered at the chirping of the frogs, which were actually very appropriate to the setting. I could already tell the somewhat mysterious mood that this opera had by the night sounds in the background. I really enjoyed the background orchestral music too; it was sometimes very creepy as the lightning struck on the night river. The story that the two travelers told was a prequel to the non-resting artistic apparitions that haunted the very house at night. When the two lover ghosts entered, I listened to the ghost named Harlan sing about his lifelong loneliness and his particular ardor to paint the river and its background. The way the ghost lovers displayed their old life
was very strong and really showed how they wished to be together and alive again. Shawn Jaeger did a fantastic job on this opera and he is my musicianship teacher right now!